Fortnite returns to iPhones thanks to Nvidia’s Gaming Loophole

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Try as best you can, Apple only can not think keep Fortnite out.

Battle Royale is back on iOS, but thank you not Apple or Epic Games for their return. The game will be available to some iPhone and iPad users later this month – just not where you would expect. Excluded from the App Store, Fortnite makes his big comeback on Nvidia’s GeForce Now cloud gaming service.

We’ve known that for some time now Fortnite would return to iPhones and iPads after Nvidia announced in November last year that GeForce Now would be made available in Safari on iOS, but it has taken some time to get it all ready. It does not help that Nvidia was forced to make its cloud platform browser-based due to Apple’s App Store guidelines, which require every single game available on a streaming service to have its own app directory – a requirement that effectively shuts out any cloud game. service from entering the marketplace (however Microsoft was obviously considering it).

By bringing Fortnite for Safari, Nvidia operates essentially through a loophole that may not be so convenient for gamers, but which should bring full functionality. In fact, this new GeForce Now version is specifically optimized for mobile devices, giving you the same touchscreen controls and menus as previous iOS and Android app versions.

You can sign up today to be placed on the closed beta waiting list although only “selected members” will be admitted this month. It does not matter if you are a free or paid GeForce Now member, because the choice will most likely be “granted based on regional availability and device.”

That Fortnite beta will not continue forever, though Nvidia did not provide a timeline for when the game would roll out to all GeForce Now users. We assume that Nvidia will perform rigorous tests to ensure that their servers can handle a potentially massive influx of players who have been waiting for more than a year to fall back to the deadly island.

Fortnite has been on hiatus from the App Store since August 2020, when Apple banned the game after developer Epic Games implemented its own payment system in the app, which bypassed Apple’s 30% App Store commission. The two companies fought it out in the court, and while one was issued a permanent injunction it forced Apple to allow developers to direct users to third-party payment processors, Apple is not obligated to allow Fortnite back in the App Store (and all signs indicate that it will not).

Streaming Fortnite over a cloud service instead of playing a locally downloaded version is not the most ideal setup, especially since access to the game is via a web browser. This means that a strong, stable Internet connection is more important than ever, and those who do not pay for GeForce Now are limited to 1080p quality and limited to one hour of gaming sessions before the app closes. Still, it’s better to have to stream the game than not have access to it at all, and best of all, this method makes it unlikely, if not impossible, for Apple to find a way to ruin the fun.

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